while the finish line was rainbow. So clever!
At around 7:45, everyone with an 8 am start time was told to gather around. I guess they made the decision that they had enough of us because we started running at 7:55. I was near the front of the pack as was this white rabbit!
I was really happy with the size of the race. The course was never crowded. Since the race also wasn’t timed, I did not worry too much about my speed. I just wanted to enjoy myself.
Soon enough, we came to the first color station. There were lots of volunteers grabbing handfuls of colored corn starch and chucking it at us as we ran through.
The color cloud caused me to have a coughing fit so after the first color station, I held my breath as I ran through.
By the way, I stopped taking pictures on the course because I couldn’t tell if they were coming out through my ziplock bag since I was getting sweaty and my ziplock bag was getting crumpled up in my hand.
In addition to the color cloud stations, there were also color spray stations, which I totally was not expecting. A colorfied liquid was sprayed/drizzled on us, and I think I got more color from this that I did from the color powder.
The course was diverse since there were sections of pavement, trails and grass. I had my RunKeeper on, and that was the only way I knew how far we were since there weren’t any mile markers.
Since it was such a short race, it wasn’t long before I made it to the finish line. At around the last tenth of a mile, you are handed a bag of color to have fun with at the end. Since I was running alone, I didn’t have anyone to dump it on besides myself, which I did.
After we crossed, there were refreshments – water, granola bars and nut bars. There were also tons of places to take the requisite “after” shot.
I’m glad I didn’t have to climb in a car all dirty and sweaty after this run. Instead, I skipped back to the hotel room for a nice long shower!
I had a great time at Color Me Rad. The race was a nice size. It was well organized and well staffed including lots of awesome volunteers. I also loved the fun goodies we got.
Overall, my first color run was a blast. It seemed like there were a lot of first time 5K-ers and I think anything to get people moving and have fun while doing it is a great thing.
Disclosure: I received complimentary race registration for Color Me Rad from Blogportunity and Fit Approach. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.